This is extremely crucial during a job interview and in fact, shy people need to "express a high level of self-confidence" even more so than extroverts. People, in general, are programmed to get information mostly through the eyes rather than the ears. Therefore, when your body language isn't in sync with what you say, the interviewer will be influenced more by the body language.
No matter how uncomfortable it is for you to warm up to people immediately, you need to overcome these feelings in order to give off the right message to your interviewer. Here are some things shy candidates should keep in mind when interviewing for a job:
1. Check out the place ahead of time
There's an advantage to getting to the reception area early. You'll get a sense of the company's personality. Sit comfortably and unwind there. With the extra time, you'll also be able to relax and gather your thoughts before you meet the interviewer.
2. Imagine yourself succeeding
Walk as if you belong there,. If you look like you belong at the company, it will make it easier for everyone else to imagine you working there.
Picture yourself walking into the interviewer's room standing tall, shoulders back, balanced, striding confidently with your hands swinging comfortably at your side, and smiling.
3. Make eye contact
Appropriate eye contact is one way to build trust when you initially meet someone. You should look someone straight in the eyes, but obviously, don't stare at them.
You'll want to make eye contact all the way through the interview. Nervous job candidates instantly reveal their unease if they’re uncomfortable making eye contact. Interviewers may conclude that someone who has trouble meeting their eyes dislikes them, is fearful of responsibility, or won’t relate to co-workers and customers.
4. Sit up straight
If you're offered a choice of seats, choose a hardback chair rather than a sofa where you'll sink down and find it harder to project authority.
You should sit comfortably erect with your feet planted on the floor and leaning slightly forward. Sit close enough so you can communicate easily but not so close that you’re invading the other person's space.
5. Don't play with your hands too much
Avoid touching your face, hair or jewelry, or fussing with your briefcase. Keep any papers you want to show in your briefcase until it’s time to take them out.